Handheld Woodcarving Workshop

with Don Powell

2 day workshop

Join master woodcarver Don Powell for an immersive 2 day workshop learning the fine art of handheld woodcarving. 

This is your chance to work with an accomplished woodcarver who is widely acknowledged for his craft and skill as a mentor and teacher. 

The beauty of hand-held carving is that it provides an excellent path for new carvers to start carving without the expense involved in larger carving which necessitates numerous full size chisels and other accessories such as workbenches, vices and of course, much larger pieces of timber. 

Don will give one-on-one tuition and demonstration, while everyone will share in group tuition. He will demonstrate correct techniques for every stage of carving. 

He will also cover tool sharpening, design and timber selection, and answer any questions you may have on the various aspects of woodcarving. 

Projects will be pre-prepared in good quality carving timber. 

This workshop offers a great opportunity for individual attention from a master carver, and caters for everyone from raw beginners to experienced carvers. 

Book quick, 10 spots only!


Age: Suitable for 18 years and over


Participants attend both days:

  • Saturday 4th May, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 5th May, 9 am – 4 pm

All tools and materials provided.

Beginner or advanced carvers are welcome. 

What to wear and things to bring: 

  • Please wear covered shoes 
  • Please bring your own carving glove (please purchase prior to the Wood Expo) 
  • You are welcome to bring your own tools, books, and cameras. This course is very social so you can feel free to have a coffee and chat with other students.

About Don Powell

Hand held carving caught Don’s attention at the early age of 12 years old. Many carvers throughout the world actually specialise in hand held carving. 

Don carves jewellery pieces and miniatures using hand held carving and this will be covered during the workshop. 

Don has carved and designed a diversity of intricate pieces over the years including a mediaeval chess set. Don is often working on several projects simultaneously as well as writing feature articles for the Australian Wood Review. 

He is known for his work on St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney – the sculpted figures of the winged lion, beast, eagle, the man and the lamb on the great Cathedral Chair. He also carved 40 miniature heads as part of this project. All carvings were done in Queensland maple. 

Don was awarded equal first place in the inaugural Wootha Prize in 2004 with his carving “Pandora’s Box”, and you will see his works displayed at the Maleny Wood Expo.